On the PBS show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, host Fred Rogers regularly looked into the camera and spoke directly to the viewer. “You are special,” he would affirm.
This was a powerful message to the audience of children, who were most likely not used to hearing such a thing from an adult, particularly one on television.
The underlying idea, that each individual is special and important, is also useful for adults. Too often, it is easy to be a cog in a machine at work, or overwhelmed as a spouse or as a parent at home. Sometimes, we need a simple reminder of our own specialness.
Give it some thought. What can you do better than anything else? What sets you apart from those around you? In what ways are you important? How are you special?